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Lyric Theatre Belfast Presents THE MISER at Roscommon arts Centre June 25

The Lyric Theatre, Belfast will make their debut visit to Roscommon Arts centre next Friday 25th June for their performance of Molière's classic The Miser, a tale of forbidden romance, hidden treasure and the local of one man for his money. In this hilarious new adaptation of Molière's classic comedy The Miser, Scottish actor Andy Gray, best known for his role in television comedy series Rab C Nesbitt, will play the title role in this period costume drama, which promises matchmakers, buried treasure, forbidden romance and missing Lords in a spiral of outrageous, comic confusion.

This production has recently begun a nationwide tour after a hugely successful run in Belfast, Just before rehearsals began last April, director Dan Gordon commented: "Directing this play will be fantastic fun. Having a great ensemble company is half the battle but the fact that Molière was such a showman is the other. In his time he incorporated action, illusion, stand-up, comedy, song and, of course, the audience. That was where he was coming from and that's where I'll be trying to go."

When the cast and crew originally got together for rehearsals for the first time, the moment was captured on video. The first read through is an opportunity for actors to come together with director and stage Mmanagement to read through the script as a team. It marks the beginning of an intensive run of rehearsals on the lead up to opening night. For the first time the Lyric has taken footage of the first read through of The Miser. To see the video visit www.lyrictheatre.co.uk/whatson

Although written in and set in the 17th century, The Miser resonates loudly with audiences today, and tells the story of a wealthy but stingy man, Harpingon. When old widower Harpingon decides to marry off his children against their will, he sets the entire family scheming to steal his fortune. With forbidden romance in the air and the family treasure buried in the backyard, it's a race to see who will come out on top. Can Harpingon stay a stride ahead and hang onto his beloved hoard-getting himself a hot young bride to boot? Or will his kids succeed in foiling his selfish plans?

Audiences beware as you may see men in high heels and handsome young men wrestling! Counting the pennies has never been so much fun! Age guidance is recommended for 12 years and over. More information and booking for this hilarious show through Roscommon Arts Centre's box office on 090 6625824.

Trad music in Strokestown Park House
Roscommon Arts Centre's traditional music programme, taking place in Strokestown Park House is already a great success and this month will not be an exception. Renowned uilleann piper Tiarnan O'Duinnchinn & harpist Laoise Kelly will play in the galley kitchen of this historic house on Thursday 24th June to the delight of both traditional music enthusiasts and novices.

Tiarnán O'Duinnchinn is an award-winning uilleann piper from Monaghan who started playing the pipes when he was around nine years of age in The Armagh Pipers Club. He has won 4 Fleadh Ceoil (Ist place) All-Ireland titles -and two Oireachtas titles. Tiarnán has been touring and performing professionally on a regular basis since 1995 both as a member of various bands and as a solo performer. His music has taken him to Europe, United States, Asia, Africa, Canada, Japan, New Zealand and Australia. Tiarnán toured extensively with Máire Ní Bhraonáin (Clannad) from 1997-2001 and recorded two albums with Máire during that time. He has recorded with many different artists, between CDs, TV advertisements and his music has featured on two films.

In 2010, Tiarnán recorded on ‘Music of Ireland' in the USA with artists, Seamus Begley, Dónal Lunny, Paul Brady, Shane McGowan (Pogues), Sinéad O Connor, Damien Dempsey, Liam O Maonlaí, Glen Hansard and many more Irish musicians.

Laoise Kelly will play alongside Tiarnan for this session in Strokestown Park House. Laoise is widely acknowledged as one of Ireland's most acclaimed traditional harpers. She has pioneered a new style of traditional harping which has seen her represent Ireland at the World Harp Festival in Paraguay as well as touring in Africa, Japan, Russia, New Zealand, Australia, America and Canada.

She was a founding member of traditional group ‘The Bumblebees' with whom she recorded two albums and toured extensively. Throughout her solo career she has recorded with many of Ireland's foremost artists including The Chieftains, Sinéad O'Connor, Matt Molloy and Mary Black. Her ground-breaking solo album ‘Just Harp' established her as "the most important harper currently playing" (Acousticmusic.com).

This will undoubtedly be a concert not to be missed. More information and booking at Roscommon arts Centre on 090 6625824


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